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Reading a series of obituaries from a single cemetery, as they are presented here, is like reading the multi-generational history of a community. These people were the local populace at a particular time. The people buried here knew each other, were neighbors, relatives and school mates. They attended church together and engaged in "trade" or business.  All people are listed in alphabetic order by surname at BIRTH. Women identified by a married alias only and  for whom a birth surname can not be identified, are listed on the last page for the cemetery's obituaries.

Wellsboro Agitator Nov. 18, 1925
Mrs. Kate Hayner, widow of the late Elias Hayner, died at the home of her son-in-law, Leon Rumsey, last Thursday, aged about 80 years, and the funeral was held Saturday. She leaves one daughter, Mrs. Ethel Rumsey; four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Westfield Free Press Volume XXIX - Thursday, March 28, 1907
Mrs. Zella Ruggles, wife of D. W. Ruggles died at her home in Gaines, March 16, 1907.  Born in Middlebury,Tioga Co., on March 17, 1855.  Survived by husband and 4 children, Charles, Eben & Hazel, at home, Bessie, the wife of Wm. Stone of Gaines.  Emma, Joseph and a little one having passed on before her; one sister Mrs. Wm. Perry of Westfield & brother, Charles Colgrove of Elk Run; step-children Mrs. Mary Sweet, of Ridgway, Arthur Ruggles of Potter Brook, Mattie Stickler, Jersey Shore & Mrs. Jessie Beach, Wellsboro.

Wellsboro Agitator – January 7, 1879
--Mr. Edward Maynard, son of the late John Maynard, of Elk township, was stricken with paralysis of the brain about three weeks ago.  After lingering about a week he died on Christmas-day.  Mr. Maynard was about thirty years of age, and leaves a wife and five children.  He was a man of considerable reading and very retentive memory.

Wellsboro Agitator – December 24, 1878
The Late John Maynard
Correspondence of the Agitator
Marshfield, December 20, 1878 – John Maynard has joined “the innumerable caravan which moves to that mysterious realm where each shall take his chamber in the silent hall of death.”  He quietly fell asleep in Jesus on the 9th of this month, and his mortal remains were interred in the family burying-ground near his own home.   The funeral services were held in the M. E. church, and were conducted by Rev. W. Post, who preached from the text found in the 10th chapter of Job, 14th verse.  Mr. Maynard’s birthplace was Addebury, England, from which place he emigrated to America at the age of 19, and settled in North Adams, Mass, where he remained until 1846.  That year he came to Tioga county and lived a year or two at or near Westfield, but soon came to Pine Creek, where he superintended a lumbering establishment for the late Hon. Robert G. White, until 1853, when he moved to the wilderness in the southwestern part of the county – then Delmar township – at which place he lived nearly 26 years.  About the same time the other settlers came to the same locality; and as they were from 23 to 25 miles from the Delmar voting-place, they made an effort to get a new township created out of the western end of Delmar and Morris.  They succeeded, and the new township was named “Elk”.  Mr. Maynard has been closely identified with all the public interests of that township ever since its erection, having done more in laying out and constructing roads, clearing land and improving the township than any other resident.  He was well and favorably known throughout the county; and besides generally holding some office of trust in the township, he was appointed one of the Commissioners to select the site for the County Poor-House, which location is undoubtedly the best for that purpose to be found in the county.  He was also appointed by the Legislature one of the Commissioners to take into consideration the practicability of somewhat changing the course of the Cowanesque river in Deerfield township.  He had a wonderfully retentive memory, and being a close and critical reader of history he was able to interest those with whom he conversed in an unusual manner.  He was often called upon for a speech at picnics and Fourth of July gatherings, and having a varied and thorough knowledge of things and events he gained quite a reputation as a speaker and debater.  He also studied medical works, and became a man of very sound judgment he became a skillful physician, as can be testified by almost every family in this vicinity, where he had a large practice.  He was a member of the Methodist church, and was an enlightened Christian, very genial in his nature, affable in his manners, indulgent to his family, friendly in his intercourse with his neighbors, and a man of strict integrity, whose good name will long outlive his generation.  Mr. Maynard was most emphatically a self-made man.  He began life penniless, but by steady, persistent industry he gained honor and local distinction, while men of less nerve and purpose but better opportunities will live and die and leave no “footprints on the sands of time.”  Friend, neighbor, Christian, peace to thy ashes!      Com.

Wellsboro Agitator – April 16, 1902
Marshlands, April 15 – John E. Maynard, aged 28, died on April 10th.  He leaves only one brother, Fred, the only surviving member of the family.  His funeral was from the Maynard schoolhouse on Saturday.  Burial in the Maynard cemetery.  The deceased was taken ill, several days before his death with measles that have been so prevaent  here abouts.  He had seemed to be getting along all right till the night before his death when he became worse and a physician was summoned, but nothing could be done.  It is probable that his death was due in great measure to heart trouble, with which he was seized several years ago, owning to the excessive use of aconite as a stomach remedy.  Mr. Maynard had no bad habits, and he leaves many friends.

Wellsboro Agitator - February 20, 1929
Reuben Maynard died Feb. 14, at his home, after a long illness.  He was born in 1851, at Gang Mills, Shippen township.  At the age of two years he came to Elk township with his parents, where he spent the remainder of his life.  The funeral was held Sunday, Rev. G. J. Porter officiaiting.  The services at the grave were conducted by the Odd Fellows; burial in the Maynard cemetery.  Besides his three sisters, Mrs. Carrie Purhen, of this place; Mrs. Martha Winkler, of Williamsport, and Mrs. Anne Perry, of Toledo, Ohio, he is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Edith Wheeler, of Hornell; five sons, Harry, of Newark, N.Y.; Wallace, of Veedersburg, Ind.; Floyd, Ruby and Howard, of this place; eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  The following people from out-of-town attended the funeral of Mr. Maynard:  Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Wheeler, and daughter, of Hornell, N.Y.; Carrie Maynard, of Newark, N.Y.; Mr. and Mrs. Ashable Wheeler, of Canisteo, N.Y.; Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Kirk, of Nelson; Guy Maynard, of Williamsport; Mrs. Floyd Punches, of Williamsport; Miss Maud Winkler, of Haddonfield, N.Y.; Mrs. May Maynard and Mrs. A. B. Crotsley, of Galeton.

Wellsboro Gazette – February 21, 1929
Reuben G. Maynard, well known farmer, died last Thursday afternoon at three o’clock at his home in Marshlands.  He was 78 years old.  The following children survive:  Mrs. Edith Wheeler, of Hornell;  Wallace Maynard, of Indiana; Floyd, Reuben and Howard Maynard, at home; Harry Maynard, of Newark, N.Y..  He also leaves two sisters, Mrs. John Purhen, of Marshlands, and Mrs. Anna Perry, of Toledo, Ohio.  The funeral was held Sunday from the family home; interment in the Maynard Cemetery.  Tyadaghton Lodge, I. O. O. F. No. 981, of Gaines, were in charge of the services.

MOUREY - Wednesday April 21, 1937
Mrs. Anna Trowbridge died April 12 at her home at Maynard Corners. Mrs. Trowbridge was well known throughout Tioga County, having taught school for several years. She was born 67 years ago at Little Marsh, daughter of John S. and Irene Toles Mourey. In 1896 she was married to C. E. Trowbridge, of Marshlands who died two years ago. To them was born one son, John, who survives. She is also survived by a sister, Mrs. H. B. Matteson of Knoxville. Funeral services were held Wednesday; burial in the Maynard Cemetery at Marshlands. Rev. George Potter, of Gaines officiating.

Wellsboro Agitator – September 19, 1906
Death of Mrs. R. G. Maynard
Marshlands, Sept. 17 – Mrs. R. G. Maynard, who had been afflicted with cancer for a long period, had a stroke of paralysis on September 11th, and died on the next day.  The funeral was held at the house on Saturday, Rev. Charles Jenkins, officiating.  She is survived by her husband and six children; Mrs. Edie Wheeler, of New York State; Wallace, Floyd, Reuben, Harry and Howard of this place; also several brothers sisters, grandchildren and other relatives.  She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Chuch.  She was a great sufferer, and it is a relief to her sorrowing friends to know that she is at rest.  The afflicted family have the sympathy of all in their great bereavement.  Interment was in Maynard cemetery.

Wellsboro Agitator - February 1, 1933
Gaines, Jan. 30 - John Purhen, of Elk, aged 79 years, died Jan. 23, after a short illness.  He is survived by his wife, one son, Marion, and one daughter, Martha Halstead, and a grandson, John Halstead, all at home.  Funeral services were held Friday; burial in the Maynard cemetery.

Wellsboro Agitator - Nov. 15, 1911
—Daniel W Ruggles, formerly of Gaines died recently at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W.  Stone at Painter Run, aged 78 years.   Mr .Ruggles was a veteran of the civil war and had long been a member of the M E church He was also a member of Tiadaghton Lodge I O O F.  The remains were taken to Gaines last week Tuesday where the burial took place Wednesday.

Wellsboro Agitator – February 20, 1901
Death of Joseph H. Ruggles
Mr. Joseph H. Ruggles, aged 21, of Gaines, son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel H. Ruggles, died of pneumonia at his parents’ home on Thursday after only five days’ illness.  He was a very popular and highly respected young man.  He was a tool dresser and had been employed at various wells in the Gaines oil fields.  Largely attended funeral services, conducted by Rev. Mr. Taylor, were  held from the home of Mr. Ruggles’s parents on Saturday.  Numerous and elaborate floral tributes, the offerings of relatives and friends, decked the house beautifully.  Burial in the Maynard cemetery on Elk Run.

Wellsboro Agitator – October 14, 1896
Died – Maynard – At Marshfield, PA, September 29, 1896, Mrs. Emily Maynard, aged 49 years, 5 months, and 20 days…wife of E. D. Maynard

Wellsboro Gazette - April 25, 1935
Edward C. Trowbridge
Edward Caleb Trowbridge, 63, died April 12 at his home in Elk township.  Surviving are his son, John, his widow, the former Anna Mourey, of Wellsboro, whom he married in 1896, his aged mother, Mrs. Carrie Purhen, one half brother, Marion Purhen, half sister, Mrs. Martha Halstead and one nephew, John M. Halstead; burial in the Maynard Cemetery.

Wellsboro Agitator - April 24, 1935
Edward Caleb Trowbridge was born November 21, 1871, son of John C. and Carrie Maynard Trowbridge, of Clymer, Tioga County PA., and died April 12, at his home in Elk township.  In 1896 he married Anna Mourey, of Wellsboro.  To them was born one son, John S. Trowbridge at home.  Besides his widow and son he is survived by his aged mother, Mrs. Carrie Purhen, one half-brother, Marion Purhen, half-sister, Mrs. Martha Halstead and one nephew, John M. Halstead; burial in the Maynard Cemetery.

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Wellsboro Agitator – April 27, 1892
Died – Farley – At Watrous Station, April 13, 1892, Mrs. Emily A. Farley, wife of James C. Farley, aged 57 years.  A husband and eight children mourn the loss of this most excellent wife and mother.  A vast concourse of friends, including the I. O. O. F. of Gaines, of which body Mr. Farley is a member, attended the funeral services, which were conducted at Marshfield.  Beautiful floral tributes testified to the esteem in which the departed was held in the community, and the sympathy which was felt for those from whom Death had thus suddenly snatched their dearest treasure.
“Life’s race well run,
Life’s work well done,
Life’s crown well won,
Now comes rest.”  

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Published On Tri-Counties Site On 19 DEC  2004
By Joyce M. Tice